Algeria protests: Students rally against Bouteflika fifth term

Algeria Students have been holding fresh protests against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s plans to run for a fifth term in office.

The 82-year-old president has until midnight on Sunday local time to register for the elections in April.

Police have been guarding the offices of the Constitutional Council, in the capital Algiers, where candidates submit their files.

Mr Bouteflika said last month that he would run, sparking rare protests.

He has rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2013 and is currently undergoing medical checks in Switzerland. He does not have to be physically present to register his candidacy.

Police fired water cannon to disperse students marching towards the Constitutional Council in Algiers, police said.

Student rallies and other protests have been reported at locations around the country.

There have also been demonstrations in France, the former colonial power, which is home to a large Algerian community.

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